Alameda Police investigating reports of armed individuals confronting MLK caravan

A caravan of demonstrators honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, while attempting to shine a light on police misconduct, were met in Alameda by a man brandishing a rifle. The roving demonstration arrived in Alameda at the home of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, where the individual confronted the group. The firearm was … Continue reading Alameda Police investigating reports of armed individuals confronting MLK caravan

Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

For years, Alameda County progressive have sought candidates to unseat long-time Sheriff Gregory Ahern. In every case they failed to find a challenger. But a pair of progressive Black women on Wednesday announced campaigns to not only unseat Ahern in 2022, but also Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. JoAnn Walker, a member of the … Continue reading Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

2020 Review: Biggest East Bay political stories – Black Lives Matter makes an impact on Nancy O’Malley, for now

HEADLINE: DA Nancy O'Malley charges a police officer for manslaughter. THE STORY: The horrific shooting death of Steven Taylor by a San Leandro police officer last April angered many in the city and the region as another instance of overzealous, perhaps racist, cops. During Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's decade on the job, other … Continue reading 2020 Review: Biggest East Bay political stories – Black Lives Matter makes an impact on Nancy O’Malley, for now

Nancy O’Malley finally charges a police officer for manslaughter

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley charged a San Leandro police officer who fatally shot Steven Taylor, a Black man inside a Walmart last April, with voluntary manslaughter. It is the first time O'Malley's office has filed such charges against a police officer in Alameda County since becoming district attorney in 2010. San Leandro police … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley finally charges a police officer for manslaughter

Alameda police chief opts for retirement following arrest of black man dancing in the street

In the wake of an embarrassing incident in which Alameda police officers arrested a black man for dancing or exercising in the street, Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri announced his retirement on Wednesday. Rolleri notified the Alameda City Council of his decision via a letter on Tuesday evening. Rolleri was elevated to police chief in … Continue reading Alameda police chief opts for retirement following arrest of black man dancing in the street

Hayward considers policy asking state AG to probe police deadly use-of-force cases

Earlier this year, police accountability advocates and the family of Agustin Gonsalez, the 29-year-old who was fatally shot by Hayward police officers in November 2018, forcefully urged Hayward city officials to seek an independent investigation of his death. The on-going investigation by the Hayward Police into the shooting, in which Gonsalez, who had a documented … Continue reading Hayward considers policy asking state AG to probe police deadly use-of-force cases

Oddie: Release the recording

A secret audio recording by Alameda's former City Manager Jill Keimach made two years ago in hopes of gathering evidence that two former Alameda councilmembers were illegally pressuring her to hire a fire chief of their choosing is again in the city's consciousness. Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie said Saturday that he welcomes the release of … Continue reading Oddie: Release the recording

Alameda County prosecutors unionize; hint at fears of who comes after O’Malley

Some believe change at the helm of the Alameda County District Attorney's office could be coming in the next few years. And Alameda County prosecutors, the only group of public-sector attorneys not represented by a union, made a move Tuesday intended to dampen some of their potential job insecurity. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors … Continue reading Alameda County prosecutors unionize; hint at fears of who comes after O’Malley

Alameda backs town hall on gun violence, but not without some council resistance

An Alameda City Council referral calling for a town hall on the issue of gun violence was unanimously approved Tuesday night. But not before two councilmembers repeatedly questioned the scope of the event and whether its aims had already been covered at a recent public event in Alameda. "I'm a bit stunned by the resistance," … Continue reading Alameda backs town hall on gun violence, but not without some council resistance

Potentially explosive meeting in Hayward as police chief appears with Gonsalez family

For six months, Agustin Gonsalez's family has made impassioned pleas for Hayward elected officials to, at minimum, express words of sorrow for the loss of their son, who was shot and killed by Hayward Police last November. At most, the family wants an independent investigation of the incident in which two Hayward police officers fatally … Continue reading Potentially explosive meeting in Hayward as police chief appears with Gonsalez family

Swalwell kicks off presidential campaign in Dublin

Nearly a week after announcing his long-shot bid for president last week on late-night television, Rep. Eric Swalwell returned to his hometown of Dublin to kick off his campaign. On a bright and sunny day in the Tri-Valley, more 1,000 supporters attended the rally at Swalwell's alma mater, Dublin High School. "Today I have come … Continue reading Swalwell kicks off presidential campaign in Dublin

Grief and outrage: Gonsalez family urge for independent investigation of killing by Hayward Police

Overflow council audience erupts in anger after Hayward Mayor Halliday tells them to see the matter from the police officer's POV.

Five observations from Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign kickoff in Oakland

1. What does a Harris supporter look like? I went to Kamala Harris’s presidential kickoff rally interested in figuring out who might be generally attracted to her campaign. I wondered whether it might be older, white, women jaded by Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016. It wasn’t the case at all. Inside the event and in … Continue reading Five observations from Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign kickoff in Oakland

Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

Kamala Harris's campaign for president decided to make its big announcement last Monday and hope the news has legs nearly a week later at this Sunday's rally in Oakland. The roll out does not make especially good use of the momentum Harris's campaign appears to have gained earlier this week. The campaign quickly raised $1.5 … Continue reading Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

Vinnie Bacon may challenge Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon may soon attempt what no other has been able to accomplish in the East Bay for more than a generation--unseat an incumbent countywide elected official. Bacon told the East Bay Citizen Tuesday night that he is contemplating a challenge against Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty next year. "I'm seriously considering it," … Continue reading Vinnie Bacon may challenge Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty